World’s Cheapest Michelin Restaurant Loses Its Star, And Robots Now Deliver Food At LAX

News and notes from around the interweb:

  • Maybe they were Visa gift cards, and law enforcement is treating them as debit because of the PINs?

  • The federal infrastructure package includes a trial for a vehicle miles tax. Gas taxes are raising less as cars become more fuel efficient, and as people switch to electric vehicles. A miles tax would raise money from everyone who drives, but if it replaces a gas tax it removes one incentive for consumers to be fuel efficient. It’s more expensive to collect (because all drivers rather than gas companies pay). And it has privacy concerns,

    States with VMT pilots have variously offered drivers a choice between regular odometer checks, plug-in mileage meters, GPS trackers and smartphone apps.

    Options that could involve any suggestions of tracking will almost certainly raise privacy concerns, with a high potential for becoming politicized over fears that the government is somehow tracking drivers.

  • More disagreement over when metro to Washington Dulles will finally be ready.

  • New Air Arabia low cost carrier in Pakistan

  • Singapore’s Hawker Chan – the least expensive Michelin meal – loses its star.

  • The NomNom food delivery robot at LAX.

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  1. Star or no star, this place has the best food. Two of us ate for under $15.00 in 2017.
    The lines are shorter slightly after lunch hour. It’s sort of fast food like. You order on a machine and wait for your number to be called. Very casual.

  2. Ha, last week I had to get a new debit card because somebody attempted to use “mine” at a gas station in Miami (I was in Arkansas at the time and had been for several days). Fortunately the bank caught it – maybe this lady was behind the fraud…

  3. WMATA is bad at operation, probably their internal issues preventing contractor to perform works.

  4. We have thugs released on recognizance who are witnessed to have committed violent crimes yet this lady is held on 1 million. Bail is a constitutional right. She had cash: not a crime. She had debit cards (maybe): not a crime. Were the fake IDs for herself? We have illegals given driver licenses in some states. It’s not fair to single her out when many state and local governments commit ID fraud to protect illegals.

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